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Review: Counting Down with You by Tashie Bhuiyan (2021)

Heat Factor: It’s a lovely warm–first bloom of love and all that. 

Character Chemistry: At first glance they’re opposites attracting but then it turns out they’re actually quite similar. 

Plot: Karina (Myra) is a second generation Bangladeshi teenager dealing with a lot of pressure to succeed within a very narrow set of parameters. When she’s asked to tutor Ace, the school “bad boy”, she’s initially horrified–but she soon discovers that they have way more in common than she thinks…

Overall: This book is actually achingly sweet. It’s a Young Adult, so you’re in for some major teen angst, but in this case that angst is pretty understandable.

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Review: No Offense by Meg Cabot (2020)

Little Bridge Island, Book #2

Heat Factor: I expected closed door, but it wasn’t. Nor was it especially steamy.

Character Chemistry: Erm…

Plot: Righteous children’s librarian with a passion for true crime and awkward sheriff are thrown together because 1. Abandoned baby in library and 2. Small town

Overall: I was disappointed on a few levels

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Review: The Roommate by Rosie Danan (2020)

Heat Factor: It’s sexy, but if you’re thinking it’s going to be super extra hot because the hero’s a porn star, I am here to tell you that is not the case

Character Chemistry: Josh is pretty cinnamon roll-y, so I feel like he has to have chemistry with his partner

Plot: Accidental roommates catch feelings

Overall: It would be great if we could get over our rigidly traditional views of monogamy and be happy for partners in healthy and meaningful relationships that might be different than our own. But I guess today is not that day.

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Review: Wonderstruck by Allie Therin (2021)

Magic in Manhattan, Book #3

Reviews of Magic in Manhattan Book #1 and Book #2

Heat Factor: Extremely low key, still fade-to-black

Character Chemistry: Every time Arthur calls Rory “Teddy” (his real name that only Arthur uses), I turn into a puddle of goo

Plot: We’re finally going to come face to face with the evil baron and save the world!

Overall: I’m glad I read this trilogy.

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Review: A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong by Cecilia Grant (2014)

Blackshear Family series, Prequel Novella

Heat Factor: Two virgins together is SO FUN

Character Chemistry: The tension was killing me

Plot: Two proper, single, genteel people wind up with only one bed while trying to go about their respective Christmas plans

Overall: Perfect Christmas romance is perfect

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